(Closed) Do you donate blood? Why or why not?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Have you ever donated/sold your blood?
    Yes, I am a regular donor. : (27 votes)
    18 %
    Yes, sometimes. : (42 votes)
    29 %
    Yes, once. : (17 votes)
    12 %
    No, I never have and never will. : (25 votes)
    17 %
    No, I never have but I might if someone close to me needed blood. : (36 votes)
    24 %
  • Post # 17
    Member
    1570 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    babeba:  They put the blood back into you after they remove the plasma…i dont enjoy the process much but it helps others.

    Post # 18
    Member
    4524 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    No, I am not elligible to donate, but I would if I could, and I would in an emergency situation where blood that’s full of meds and has been to Guatemala was better than no blood at all.

    Post # 19
    Member
    11268 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    i, unfortunately, am unable to give blood.

    Post # 20
    Member
    3208 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    I’m not eligible, but I absolutely would if I could. 

    Also, there are no paid blood/plasma drives where I live, and I’m glad for it.

    Post # 21
    Member
    9134 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    babeba:  I tried it once recently but I came really close to passing out and I freaked out the workers.  Not to mention that my arm started throbbing when we were almost done.  It finally became so unbearable they stopped the procedue before the bag was full enough for a donation.  Evn worse, I experienced throbbing and shooting pains in my arm for two weeks following the procedure.

    Mine was not the normal experience (as evidenced by the concern of the workers at the donation site.)  However, the shooting pain in my arm for two weeks effectively ended all future donations on my part.

    Post # 22
    Member
    1019 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I have a few times, but I have to be careful with timing. It always leaves a lot of soreness and even some loss of strength, it seems, which can get in the way of doing my job. I also take issue with RC’s refusal to accept blood donations due to sexuality. Ridiculous and highly unnecessary. 

    I’ve never exchanged money for bodily fluids. I wouldn’t call that a donation. It’s a sale. 

    Post # 23
    Member
    2408 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I used to donate fairly regularly – I’m a universal donor so I’m pretty popular. I started donating in high school and kept it up. However, the health requirements changed a few years ago and I’m no longer eligible to donate because I lived overseas in an area that had a mad cow breakout even though I was a baby during that time. Boo. I really enjoy donating. 

    I am a bone marrow donor though since a lot of it is based on ethnicity and biracial people tend to have an issue finding donors, so as a mixed kid myself, I like to try to help.

    Post # 24
    Member
    617 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Unfortunately no. I always have a new tattoo that prevents me from giving blood. And whenever I decide I want to, I forget I had just gotten a tattoo least than a year. 

    Post # 25
    Member
    368 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2000

    babeba:  I would chose the option for those of us who have, who passionately advocate for it, yet no longer can because of medications they must take for their own health issues.

    Post # 27
    Member
    3829 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I have the good blood. O positive which can be used on almost anyone. So i donate regularly.

    But i am TTC so i have stopped because my body needs my blood right now lol. 

    Post # 28
    Member
    368 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2000

    babeba:  No worries! I saw that you addressed this (it stinks that you can’t), so I thought I just add a little detail to my response. It’s a very interesting topic. I know when I was in highschool the blood assurance Bloodmobile would come around for those who were 18. Thoses neon bandages were like the coolest things to have. Yup. Blood donation was in, baby! I also remember them coming to church when I was little and my grandmother having plaques on her wall of her whatever number gallon donated.

    As a kid, I never thought I would. The thought nauseated me. But then I had exposure to people who really need it and the struggle it sometimes is to get it. I really wish I still could, but at least the drug I’m on that prevents me is part of a clinical drug trial that may better help other people with MS in the future.

    Post # 29
    Member
    766 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I try regularly, but my iron levels are on the lower end of normal, so more often than not it’s too low to donate. I passed out the first time I donated a full unit but that wouldn’t stop me from doing it again. One of my good friends categorically refuses to because her mother received blood from CBS that was tainted with hepatitis C. It was from a prison inmate in another country and hadn’t been screened properly. She contracted it.

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